The search for Colombia’s missing raises hopes of closure

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During Colombia’s 50-year war, tens of thousands of people have gone missing. Colombians call them “Desaparecidos” – “the Disappeared”. Now forensics officials are beginning the painstaking task of searching for the missing in unmarked graves.

CCTV America’s Michelle Begue has reports from Colombia.

The search for Colombia's missing raises hopes of closure

During Colombia's 50-year war, tens of thousands of people have gone missing. Colombians call them "Desaparecidos" - "the Disappeared". Now forensics officials are beginning the painstaking task of searching for the missing in unmarked graves. CCTV America's Michelle Begue has reports from Colombia.

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  • A total of 464 people were buried in unmarked graves in a rebel stronghold. If they died in the conflict, it’s impossible to know at this point if they died at the hands of the military, or the rebels.
  • Government records show more than 70 thousand Colombians went missing without a trace. Every day, nine more people disappear.
  • Samples from the exhumed bodies are sent to Bogota for DNA Analysis. They are cross-matched with a genetic database that holds the DNA of thousands of Colombians whose family members have disappeared.
  • FARC rebels and the Colombian government promised to work together to find the disappeared as part of the peace process. Decades later, friends and relatives hope to be reunited with the missing, no matter their fate.